The Feast of the Epiphany also ushers in The Season of Epiphany. This season provides us a bridge from the Advent-Christmas Season to the Lent-Easter Season. During Epiphany, we explore scripturally and liturgically the theme of Christ being made ‘manifest’ to the world.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The church celebrates seven principle ‘feasts’ throughout the year. One of them occurs this month known as The Feast of the Epiphany (Jan. 6). Being part of a Church that is 2000 years old, we have inherited a lot of older language, such as the word ‘feast.’ Today we would perhaps use a word like ‘celebration,’ to designate these special and meaningful observances. The word ‘Epiphany’ means ‘manifestation’ or ‘appearance.’ Epiphany is celebrated at the close of the 12 days of Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the Magi (The Three Wise Men) at Bethlehem. Since it is a feast that normally does not occur on a Sunday, we tend to include the coming of the Magi in with our Christmas celebration.